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Saint Anthony's fire

noun, Pathology. (formerly)
any of certain skin conditions that are of an inflammatory or gangrenous nature, as erysipelas, hospital gangrene, or ergotism.
Origin of Saint Anthony's fire
First recorded in 1570-80 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for Saint Anthony's fire

Saint Anthony's fire

(pathol) another name for ergotism, erysipelas
Word Origin
C16: so named because praying to St Anthony was believed to effect a cure
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Saint Anthony's fire in Medicine

Saint Anthony's fire Saint An·tho·ny's fire (ān'thə-nēz)
See erysipelas.

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